Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stampin' Celebration #26

Yep, I'm finally back.  :-)  I won't go into a lot of excuses, but it has been an interesting week and a half!  Without further ado, here is my project for the Stampin' Celebration challenge this week:  

I really liked the cake in the top left photo, so I used that as my main inspiration.  And somewhere along the way my cake became a stack of presents.  :-)  But I liked that I ended up with a masculine birthday card--usually those are so hard for me that to end up with one without meaning to is quite a treat!  

The center present is Designer Paper from the Play Date pack.  The top present is Tempting Turquoise, and I ran the edges of the present through my Early Espresso pad to add a little definition.  The bottom present is Old Olive, and I stamped with Very Vanilla craft ink and my Dot, Dot, Dot stamp.   

The sentiment is from the set All Holidays, and the presents are tied up with a bit of Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon.  The presents and the So Saffron panel are up on dimensionals.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to hope on over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other Design Team members are up to this week.  :-)  

Stamps:  All Holidays and Dot, Dot, Dot
Ink:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla craft
Paper:  Play Date DSP, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla  
Accessories:  Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dot, dimensionals 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stampin' Celebration #24

It's Thursday and time for another Stampin' Celebration challenge!  I loved all the pumpkins in this picture and especially those cute guys up in the top left with the masks.  Too cute!  I'm going to try to remember them when we are carving pumpkins in a few weeks.  :-)  

I created this fun little 'pumpkin' not only for the challenge this week, but we also made this at my Holiday Stamp A Stack.  This is the Mini Milk Carton die with Pumpkin Pie card stock.  

To create the 'face' I took the idea from Sheila Thibault over on Stampin' Connection (a Stampin' Up website for demonstrators).  I later found Sheila's blog--see HERE.  Lots of cute Halloween ideas in that post!  I started by using the 1 3/4" by 7/8" Oval punch to punch just the edge of my card stock--this creates the top of the mouth.  Then I used my 1 1/4" circle punch to punch the bottom of the mouth.  Next I used the Spiral Border punch to create the teeth.  The eyes come from the tips of the Extra Large Star Punch.  

To finish off my little pumpkin I added some sponging in Basic Black, a Library Clip from the Clips Assortment, some Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, and some curled Old Olive paper.  To curl the paper, just wrap it around a pen, paper piercing tool, etc.  The paper holds its curl surprisingly well!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to hop on over to Stampin' Celebration to see what other fun projects the Design Team has made this week!  

Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories:  Clips Assortment, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4" by 7/8" Oval punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Spiral Border punch, Extra Large Star Punch, Mini Milk Carton die, Big Shot

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Come to Bethlehem

I'm not always good about planning ahead for holidays, but this year I've already made several different Christmas card designs, so I'm feeling pretty good.  Of course I created the cards (this being one of them) for my Holiday Stamp A Stack last weekend--but we'll just pretend I'm on top of my planning. :-)    

Anyway, this card uses the set Come to Bethlehem.  I inked the stamp with Early Espresso, and then I dabbed Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on top of the ink--all before I stamped on my Naturals White card stock.  That gives the Wisemen image a nice shimmer.  

For the base of the card I rounded the edges and used the background stamp Sanded--stamped with Versamark.  I also used the new Waffle Paper (found in the Holiday Mini Catalog) to add a little more interest and dimension.  I like that the Waffle Paper is a fun accessory that doesn't add too much bulk to your card.  I ran a line of adhesive and then just folded the Waffle Paper back on itself as I moved across--kind of like ribbon folding. 

Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem, Sanded BG
Ink:  Early Espresso, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Waffle Paper (assortment 2), Linen Thread, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, sponge, Cutter Kit, Corner Rounder punch

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stampin' Celebration #23

Another great inspiration piece this week from Stampin' Celebration!  It's actually been feeling a little more like fall here in Houston--at least it isn't hot anymore. . . . we've had several 'perfect' days where it's been cool in the morning and perfectly warm in the afternoon.  Loving it! 

Anyway, I wanted to create a fall themed project for this challenge, so I pulled out my new set I received at the Fort Worth Regional called Day of Gratitude--found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I also used my Scallop Squares Duo Big Shot die--the larger of the two scallop squares measuring 3" by 3".  

The 'cover' uses the Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This DSP paper is thicker than you'd expect and has a nice texture to it.  After I ran the paper through the Big Shot I took my Early Espresso marker and went around the scallops.  The leaf was stamped with Cajun Craze.  

For the pages of the book, I cut 8 scallop squares from Very Vanilla and add a little stamping here and there.  I put everything together with a binder clip and a little Early Espresso Grosgrain ribbon.  

My idea with this book is that for Thanksgiving this year I want to record what our family is grateful for.  I want each person to have a turn writing (or for the kids telling) what they treasure in life.  Or, I thought that since it is pretty small, this could also be a fun 'on the go' gratitude book to keep in my purse and just occasionally note my blessing, thoughts, great quotes I hear, etc. 

Anyway, hop on over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other member of the Design Team have been up this week!  And then be inspired to make your own project!  

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Early Espresso (and marker), Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Autumn Spice DSP
Accessories:  Scallop Squares Duo die, Big Shot, Pearls, 2" by 1 3/8" Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, binder clip, Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WICKEDly Halloween--ish

I'm back to share the last project I created for the October WICKED challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  If you missed the details of what this is about see HERE

This challenge called Halloween-ish is to take one or more of the ‘traditional’ Halloween colors (orange, black, gray, purple, green) and use them on a NON-Halloween project.  So I picked the colors Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive as my 'Halloween' colors.  

The main image, from the set Awash with Flowers, is stamped on the oval that comes from the center of the Frame, Scallop Oval Bigz Die. The line art is stamped with Basic Black craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I spritzed the paper with water and stamped the Rich Razzleberry solid image (stamped off twice first). 

After I sponged and distressed the edges, I spritzed with Smooch Spritz to give a subtle shimmer.  The card base is stamped with Versamark and the Sanded Background stamp.  I also used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and Old Olive taffeta ribbon.  

I'd love to see your take on this or any of the other challenges!  If you are a demonstrator registered with SCS, check out THIS thread for details and where to upload.  If you're not a demonstrator, send me a picture or leave a link with your project in a comment and I'll come check it out!  

Stamps:  Awash with Flowers, Tiny Tags, Sanded BG
Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Baisc Black Craft, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Naturals White
Accessories:  Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Jewelry Tag Medium punch, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Clear EP, Big Shot, Frame Scallop Oval Bigz die, linen thread, cutter kit, sponge, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dazzle Me--WICKED style

Here's another one of the projects I created for the October WICKED challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  If you missed the details of what I'm talking about see HERE

This challenge was to Dazzle Me!  If you follow my blog or attend my classes you know that I love to add a little bit of sparkle to projects.  There’s just something about it that makes me smile. So the challenge is to add some sparkle to your project—this could be the new Glass Glitter in the Holiday Mini Catalog, Smooch Accent Ink, Smooch Spritz, Shimmer Paint, Chunky Glitter, Fine Glitter, or even the classic Dazzling Diamonds. 

For this card I started by stamping the snowflake images from the set Serene Snowflakes in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card stock. Then I face-planted my card stock into one of the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Next I poured Dazzling Diamonds over the top. The adhesive keeps the glitter in place so now the entire snowflake panel is glittery!

And if that wasn't enough bling, I added a few rhinestones as well. :-) I also added the Night of Navy taffeta ribbon folded a couple times to add a little more interest. 

This is also one of the cards that is in the running to be included in the Holiday Stamp A Stack that I am hosting this weekend.  If you live in Houston (Clear Lake area) and would like more details, send me an email.  I'd love to have you attend!  

Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Night of Navy 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals

Monday, October 4, 2010

Time to be WICKED

Today I have some more fun news to share. . . . A little bit ago Jana (know as indyemmert on Spiltcoaststampers) contacted me to ask if I would be the October WICKED stamper and challenge hostess!  Of course I said yes.  ;-)  These challenges are specifically meant for Stampin' Up demonstrators, so you will have to be a demo registered with SCS to see the challenges and threads (see HERE), but even if you aren't a demo, you can be inspired and play along with me!  

One of the challenges I picked was Going Soft.  I'm loving the addition of fabric to the Stampin' Up, line, so I wanted to create a project using the fun new Designer Fabric.  Here I used the Deck the Halls Designer Fabric, from the Holiday Mini Catalog but of course despite the name it's not only for Christmas.  :-)  I actually had Valentine's day in mind when I made this card. 

The finished card size is 4 1/4" by 4 1/4". Going from the bottom up, the Very Vanilla layer was distressed around the edges using the Cutter Kit and the Distressing Essentials Kit--the Tea Stain ink.

The Cherry Cobbler (non-card base) layer was crumpled and then flattened to give more texture. I frayed the edges of the fabric a bit and used Snail adhesive to put a layer of Very Vanilla card stock under it. 

For the hearts, I punched them and then layed them on top of a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, peeled off, and then poured Dazzling Diamonds over the top. The adhesive keeps the glitter in place so that you have lots of sparkle!

I hope you like this card--it's a little more vintage than I usually make, but it was fun to try to step out of my comfort zone a bit!  Check back later to see what I created for the other two challenges! 

Stamps:  Tiny Tags
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Deck the Halls Designer Fabric, Distressing Essentials Kit, Victoria Crochet Trim ribbon, Antique Brad, Full Heart punch, Heart to Heart punch, Jewelry Tag Medium punch, linen thread, dimensionals